Invite three Bs to the garden
May 18, 2021
If you want your garden to be at its best, invite the three Bs: birds, butterflies, and bees. Each plays a crucial role in the process of pollination, so having all three in your garden ensures that both flowers and vegetables are in abundance all season long.
How do you attract them and keep them coming back? Create an inviting environment that includes colorful nectar-source plants that continuously bloom from spring to fall, as well as become sources of water and shelter.
Include colorful perennials like bee balm, echinacea (coneflower), black-eyed Susans, and asters, as well as annuals like zinnias, marigolds, and sunflowers. Don’t forget about native plants, which will vary based on your location.
Color is important, too, and will help attract all three Bs. Bees tend to prefer white, yellow, and blue. Birds like red, orange, and white. Bright vivid colors, including red, yellow, and purple, draw butterflies. Butterflies and bees favor flat, open blooms with big petals for easy landing and short nectar tubes.
Nectar-source plants should receive full sun from mid–morning to mid-afternoon. Also consider planting for continuous bloom, meaning when one plant stops blooming, another begins, ensuring a constant source of food. Finally, make the garden more attractive to pollinators by clustering species of plants into clumps in groups of three to five rather than scattering individual plants throughout a garden. That way, pollinators can feed more efficiently.
As for shelter, vary the heights of plants to create layers in the garden and include flowering trees and shrubs. Consider adding a birdhouse, too. Ours are quite unique and are sure to attract birds with their bright, flower-like colors. You can add one to supplement the food your flowers provide, or you can make a simple birdfeeder with our teacups and saucers. Attach the saucer to the edge of the cup with a silicone-based glue.
Place your birdhouse in a somewhat sheltered location that’s close to food and water. You might want to watch the birds from indoors, but birds need to feel secure about the location to use the birdhouse. With that in mind, be sure the birdhouse is in a sheltered spot that is concealed from external elements and predators.